JOPLIN — The McDonald County Mustangs lost five straight and nine of their last 10 to end their season 10-19 overall.
Their last loss came in a 6-1 defeat at the hands of the Joplin Eagles in the Class 5, District 11 tournament Saturday.
Joplin pieced together 1-2 and 1-2 run-scoring combinations, scoring one in the first, two in the third, one in the fifth, and two in the sixth. Meanwhile, McDonald County managed only a single run in the third and the Mustangs hurt themselves in the field with three errors.
Josh Wells earned the victory and he allowed one run (earned) on six hits with six strikeouts and three walks over seven innings. He finished at exactly 100 pitches, 58 for strikes.
Izak Johnson took the loss and he allowed six runs (three earned) on 11 hits with two strikeouts and one walk over six innings and 92 pitches. Johnson came off a salty performance his previous time out against Class 4 powerhouse Aurora.
Grant Jones touched Johnson for four hits alone and Tyler Ledford added two, while Cade Carlson, Blake Dean, Wells, Holden Ledford, and Logan Irvin each had one to round out the hit parade.
Cole Martin led McDonald County with two hits and Kameron Hopkins, Joe Brown, Levi Helm, and Omar Manuel each had one.
Joplin — 15-10 overall — clashed with No. 2 seed Carthage in the semis Monday, while top seed Webb City and Republic battled in the other.